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Marilyn Fogel, Biogeochemist and “Isotope Queen,” Dies at 69
Fogel mined information from isotopes to explore modern and ancient ecosystems, climatic changes, and evolution.
Marilyn Fogel, Biogeochemist and “Isotope Queen,” Dies at 69
Marilyn Fogel, Biogeochemist and “Isotope Queen,” Dies at 69

Fogel mined information from isotopes to explore modern and ancient ecosystems, climatic changes, and evolution.

Fogel mined information from isotopes to explore modern and ancient ecosystems, climatic changes, and evolution.

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a man collects water using a fishing pole and can
World’s Rivers Rife with Drugs: Study
Christie Wilcox, PhD | Feb 15, 2022 | 2 min read
Levels of pharmaceuticals considered unsafe for aquatic organisms were found at more than one-quarter of sampling sites.
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Sex Ratios at Birth Linked to Pollutants
Chloe Tenn | Dec 3, 2021 | 2 min read
A large, long-term study across the US and Sweden finds potential correlations between specific pollutants and the proportions of male and female babies born.
Photograph showing plastic waste polluting the beach
Book Excerpt from Thicker Than Water
Erica Cirino | Oct 1, 2021 | 4 min read
In Chapter 5, "Pick Up the Pieces," author Erica Cirino investigates the potential health risks of the small plastic particles that permeate the planet.
Problem plastic bottles and microplastics floating in the open ocean
Opinion: Plastic Pollution May Endanger Brains
Erica Cirino | Oct 1, 2021 | 3 min read
Plastic waste pervades every ecosystem on Earth and is likely affecting neurobiology as well.
EPA Science Board Criticizes Proposed Regulatory Rollbacks
Emily Makowski | Jan 3, 2020 | 2 min read
Most of the panel’s members were appointed by the Trump administration.
atlantic killifish Fundulus heteroclitus
Killifish Survive Polluted Waters Thanks to Genes from Another Fish
Emma Yasinski | May 6, 2019 | 4 min read
Gulf killifish have made a stunning comeback in Houston with the help of genetic mutations imported from interspecies mating with Atlantic killifish.
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Image of the Day: Eroded Coral
Chia-Yi Hou | Apr 11, 2019 | 1 min read
Coral reefs near Maui, Hawaii, show signs of erosion due to excess nutrients from wastewater.
Ibuprofen’s Effects Found in Offspring of Exposed Mosquitoes
Carolyn Wilke | Oct 1, 2018 | 2 min read
Results of a study suggest that toxicologists should look further than exposed individuals for contaminant effects.
Image of the Day: Sea Swirl
Sukanya Charuchandra | Sep 27, 2018 | 1 min read
Manta rays have a unique filtration system that inspires the development of novel water filtering technology.
Deepwater Coral Reefs Unlikely to Welcome Shallow-Water Animals
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jul 20, 2018 | 2 min read
Historically thought to be a refuge for coral growing in the shallows, coral reefs from oceanic depths face similar threats, finds a new study.
Image of the Day: A Good Egg
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jul 18, 2018 | 1 min read
Osprey numbers are recovering after a drop in contaminants in the Delaware Estuary.
Telomere Length and Childhood Stress Don’t Always Correlate
Katarina Zimmer | Nov 17, 2017 | 3 min read
Shorter telomere length is widely considered a manifestation of stress in young children, but the results of a new study find it’s more complicated than that.  
Plastic Pollutants Can Harm Fish
Tracy Vence | Jun 6, 2016 | 3 min read
European perch larvae exposed to environmentally relevant concentrations of polystyrene particles preferred to eat the microplastics in place of prey, according to a study.
Drugging the Environment
Megan Scudellari | Aug 1, 2015 | 10+ min read
Humans have spiked ecosystems with a flood of active pharmaceuticals. The drugs are feminizing male fish, confusing birds, and worrying scientists.
An Ocean of Plastic
Jef Akst | Dec 15, 2014 | 2 min read
A new study surveys the extent of the plastic problem in the world’s oceans, estimating more than 5 trillion pieces weighing nearly 250,000 tons.
Toledo Water Back On After Toxic Scare
Bob Grant | Aug 5, 2014 | 1 min read
Citizens of Ohio’s fourth-largest city can drink from the tap again, but the root causes of the Lake Erie algal blooms that shut off the flow for two days remain.
Steroids Stick Around
Kerry Grens | Sep 29, 2013 | 2 min read
Body-building steroids used to beef up cattle can regenerate themselves in the environment.
Coastal Command
Megan Scudellari | Sep 1, 2013 | 9 min read
From a tiny marine research center on the Louisiana coast, Nancy Rabalais has led the charge to map, understand, and reduce dangerous “dead zones” in the Gulf of Mexico.
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